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Does this seem weird to anyone?

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A local mom and pop feedstore every so often gets a TON of adult hens and roos from a "breeder".  I say "breeder" because the person who runs the store doesn't know WHO the person(s) is and just that "they" bring a big truck and unload birds. There are no big hatcheries nearby by and I have been able to find a breeder/hatchery on the internet that is close enough for someone to just drive over and leave sometimes up to 50 full grown birds of many different breeds, some rare,and  some hens actually laying eggs in the cages.

 

It just seems a little strange to me.

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A local mom and pop feedstore every so often gets a TON of adult hens and roos from a "breeder".  I say "breeder" because the person who runs the store doesn't know WHO the person(s) is and just that "they" bring a big truck and unload birds. There are no big hatcheries nearby by and I have been able to find a breeder/hatchery on the internet that is close enough for someone to just drive over and leave sometimes up to 50 full grown birds of many different breeds, some rare,and  some hens actually laying eggs in the cages.

It just seems a little strange to me.
It's not uncommon for someone to raise hundreds of birds at a time in a rural area.
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It's not uncommon for someone to raise hundreds of birds at a time in a rural area.


It's not the number of breeds, its just the fact that he basically gave them to the feedstore for free. They had some really rare/uncommon breeds yesterday.

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It's not the number of breeds, its just the fact that he basically gave them to the feedstore for free. They had some really rare/uncommon breeds yesterday.


That does seem a bit odd, but perhaps some chicken farmer periodically finds himself pressed for space as his large flock multiplies and gets rid of those birds in his flock that he deems less desirable (less close to SOP standards, etc.).

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That does seem a bit odd, but perhaps some chicken farmer periodically finds himself pressed for space as his large flock multiplies and gets rid of those birds in his flock that he deems less desirable (less close to SOP standards, etc.).


That's probably it. I just wish I knew who the breeder is, some of those hens looked amazing!:drool

 

The ones that really stood out were the Swedish Flowers, but alas, they were way too flighty and a little too aggressive for my flock :(

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Another possibility could be a situation like I know of, where there's this Grandmotherly type who simply loves hatching out chicks.... in her apartment.... in town... where no chickens are allowed.  She keeps them a few days, then calls her son to "come get them and bring more eggs"!  She hatches dozens at a time, so I could see where they'd have to go SOMEwhere.  She also doesn't care what breeds they are, so her son gets her all sorts of eggs from different farms around here.  He mainly just gives the birds back to the farmers who want them, or drops them off at a store that will accept them and sell them.  He gets nothing for this except a happy mother.
 

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Incubating little ones can be quite addictive... just check out that part of this forum.  There is the Trader Joes post where people just pick up random eggs at the store and incubate to see what hatches. Also, hatch rates can vary from 0 to 100% so many over-incubate and end up with too many. 

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